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Grateful Dead Live at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on 1981-05-08

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Grateful Dead Live at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on 1981-05-08

Set 1

Jack Straw
Me And My Uncle ->
Big River
C C Rider
Althea ->
Let It Grow ->
Don't Ease Me In

Set 2

Shakedown Street ->
Samson And Delilah
Terrapin Station ->
Playing In The Band ->
Drums ->
Space** ->
Not Fade Away ->
Stella Blue ->
Sugar Magnolia

U.S. Blues**

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Location Uniondale, NY

Source MATRIX MIX: SBD/2 AUD (About 60%/40%)
Lineage Final Cut Pro (SHN>AIFF>Final Cut>WAV>FLAC)
Taped by Barry Glassberg and Jim Wise
Transferred by Hunter Seamons


Show Notes:
-- **with Ken Kesey on harmonica
-- Seamless transition between discs 2 and 3.
-- This second set is incredible!!!

MATRIX MIX: SBD/2 AUD (About 60%/40%)


Recording Info:
SBD -> Master Cassette -> Dat (44.1k)

Transfer Info:
Dat (Sony R500) -> SEK'D Prodif Plus -> Samplitude v7.02 Professional -> SHN
(3 Discs Audio / 2 Discs SHN)

Transfered and Patched By Charlie Miller

AUD 1:

Source: NAK-700's > SONY TC-D5M Dolby On taped by Barry Glassberg FOB
Lineage: AUDMC > Tascam 122MKIII > Tascam DA-40 > DAT by Mark Cohen
DAT > CD by John Steinthal: Sony PCM-R500 > Dell Precision (via delta dio2496 card) >
Soundforge (normalize/cross fades) > CDWAV > Prassi Primo CD plus: (layout tracks and burn) > CD
CD > EAC(secure) > mkwact > SHN(seekable) by

Recorded by Barry Glassberg

AUD 2:

FOB Senn 421's>Sony D5>MC>DAT>CDR

Recorded by Jim Wise


Matrix Notes:

1)The the right channel of the Glassberg AUD was increased 4 dB. The audio channels were uneven.

2)The Glassberg source (the preferred source for this matrix) appears to contain 2 AUD sources in it. Towards the end of Drums there is a cut in the AUD; after the cut, a strikingly different sounding AUD is patched into the source. The quality of this “other” source was pretty bad, with some bass overload. Very luckily, Jim Wise's AUD was available and sounds just as good as Glassberg's, so I used it from that section in Drums onward to the end of the show. The audience happens to be a little more “defined” in Wise's source, but I ultimately prefer Glassberg's AUD for its richer tonal quality. So, there is a “complementary” shift in sound during Drums, but it sounds pretty much the same and is all good.

3)There were cuts in the AUD and SBD. Significantly, there were cuts in the SBD during Jack Straw (first few seconds), Shakedown Street (first 2:08 of track), Playing in the Band (8:33-9:41), and Sugar Magnolia (last few seconds of song).

4)There were some wacky fluctuations in the SBD mix during the earlier portion of Set 1. There will be moments of extra hiss, changes in vocal and guitar sound, sounds levels, etc. Some of it may be some exciting pedal work by Garcia, but this has not been verified.

5)Enjoy at high volume.


Reviewer: biscofresh - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 29, 2015
Subject: Brent vocals?
Really digging this show. Is it me or can you not hear Brent's vocals at all? He's playing his face off but I don't hear him singing.
Reviewer: E.R.C. Iceman! - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 9, 2011
Subject: Splendid matrix........30 years later!!!!!
Cutos to all the men involved with this jem! Lots of grooviness! I was 15 years old in 9th grade at Eisenhower Jr. High School in Norristown, Pa and not yet a Deadhead..... Little did I know what the future held!!!!!
Reviewer: oldtourrat - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 27, 2011
Subject: Favorite Shakedown Street...
I don't like the whole argument "best ever" because it is totally subjective. I do, however, like to say "favorite version ever." And this is my absolute favorite Shakedown Street. There was always something magical about the Nassau Coliseum, and the boys usually rocked out there in top form. During Shakedown, it's like the guys are using telepathy during the long jam, like their minds are on exactly the same wavelength. The first minute or so is a good AUD, and then the SBD kicks in and the whole thing takes off. Phil is thumping, and Bobby and Brent are driving the rhythm while Bill and Mickey provide a scorching, boogie inducing tempo. Then Jerry slays it over the top of everything, and they bounce into the final verse in perfect unison. 14 minutes of musical communion! Superb! Other Highlights include Let It Grow, Samson and Delilah, and Terrapin. In fact, the whole show from top to bottom is excellent, absolutely worth a listen.
Reviewer: dancinBear - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 25, 2010
Subject: Early 80's Brilliance
Coke fueled early 80's magic. Shakedown-Samson is terrific. Hunter, man, you've made me go back and listen to shows I've totally forgotten about or over looked. Thanks man.
Reviewer: myhungryhippo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 30, 2010
Subject: if only downloading was available
but... it's not.
Reviewer: SpecialPurpose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 13, 2008
Subject: Beautiful Matrix
Some fantastic work here. Check this one out for sure kids.
Reviewer: wolfmanjack - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 1, 2008
Subject: Agreed with previous posts - Fantastic Sound Work!!!
For all you guys who remaster, make fine matrix's etc. like this one you may feel sometimes that your labor of love may perhaps go unnoticed or unappreciated but in my corner world that is not the case. Thank You!

Obviously you guys do this work out of your love for these shows and are happy to do it yet I feel indebted somehow as I freely reap the rewards for all your efforts. Well, at least know work of this quality is appreciated in a major way. If there is a show truly deserving of a "you are there" moniker (which can be overused imo) this is one of them.

This show is meant to be cranked!!! Do it!

4 Star show. 5 Stars for an epic matrix.

btw, Big Thanks to SDH for the heads up to this Matrix.
Reviewer: srtg83 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 31, 2008
Subject: a fine matrix
SDH is bang on. The Audience recordings "breathe" life into this flat sbd. In fact most of the '81 sbds could use a similar CPR from the fine aud recordings that now circulate.
Reviewer: SomeDarkHollow - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 29, 2008
Subject: Outstanding Doesn't Do It Justice
This Matrix is everything a Matrix should be. One of the better I've heard. Smooth sound that really draws you in with excellent balance between the sources. The show itself I'll leave to other reviewers. I'll only say that it smokes start to finish and now has a source that matches the show. Large. Big. Huge. Excellent work on this one.
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